State bud­get gives hos­pi­tal noth­ing

Wanneroo Times - - News -

THERE is no pro­vi­sion to ex­pand Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus in the 2017-18 State Bud­get or for­ward es­ti­mates.

Prior to the State Elec­tion in March, WA La­bor promised $167 mil­lion for the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing to build a Medi­ho­tel for the north­ern sub­urbs to free up hos­pi­tal beds and re­duce surgery wait­ing times.

It pro­posed to open an ur­gent care clinic to take pres­sure off the emer­gency depart­ment plus pro­vide an­other 90 pub­lic beds and eight more op­er­at­ing the­atres.

It also wanted to in­crease the num­ber of men­tal health beds by 25 to 30, in­crease park­ing bays and open a six-bed stroke unit.

The Bud­get did not in­clude any fund­ing for those projects, but listed on­go­ing works with about $24.1 mil­lion over two years for the pae­di­atric ward and more than $17 over four years for the men­tal health ob­ser­va­tion area.

JHC chief ex­ec­u­tive Kemp­ton Cowan said de­tailed clin­i­cal ser­vice and cap­i­tal plan­ning work for an ex­pan­sion con­tin­ued fol­low­ing the co-sign­ing of a ‘state­ment of in­tent’ by the State Govern­ment and Ram­say Health Care.

“It is an­tic­i­pated sub­se­quent bud­gets will in­clude the re­quired fund­ing once time­frames for the de­liv­ery of this in­vest­ment and as­so­ci­ated ser­vice en­hance­ments have been ap­proved by the State Govern­ment,” he said.

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